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Art Works Podcast: Morris Robinson

September 29, 2011 By Josephine Reed Morris D. Robinson. Photo by Lisa Kohler This week’s podcast introduces you to opera singer Morris Robinson. Morris is a basso profondo, who has wowed audiences at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, the Philadelphia Opera, and on and on. Given his voice (and his operatic resume), […]

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Art Works Podcast: Nic Muni

August 18, 2011 By Josephine Reed A scene from Trouble in Tahiti, performed by the Portland Opera. Photo by Corey Weaver The innovative and prolific opera director Nic Muni takes center stage in this week’s podcast. Muni has served as artistic director for the Tulsa Opera and the Cincinnati Opera. As a freelance stage director, […]

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A Pop Conversation

In the height of the 2007 football season, shortly after the Audience Experience Initiative project began talking about a new vision for audience engagement, I found myself on my Monday bus commute after a Steelers defeat. “What if these people felt as opinionated about what happened at the ballet this weekend as they do about […]

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A Pop Conversation

In the height of the 2007 football season, shortly after the Audience Experience Initiative project began talking about a new vision for audience engagement, I found myself on my Monday bus commute after a Steelers defeat. “What if these people felt as opinionated about what happened at the ballet this weekend as they do about […]

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Jacksonville Celebrates the Year of the Tiger

Impressions of Jacksonville’s 2010 Chinese New Year celebration: This was the best one we’ve seen since moving here in 2000, and very well attended. The parade had more entries than ever, and more authenticity than in the past. I loaded up my camera with images…and felt a definite shiver when our humble little dragon made his pass through town, chasing away evil spirits to the powerful, ancient sound of a large Chinese drum. Surely the “God of the Year” was pleased.

After enjoying the parade, the question was what to do? There were so many activities scheduled to follow the parade it was difficult to choose from those that overlapped each other. I went first to the calligraphy demonstration at the Jacksonville Public Library, where a very sweet and pretty Chinese lady showed me how to write “China” and then invited me to visit her home province on the East

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